JOIN THE HEALTH REVOLUTION

March 1, 2006

Using his State of the Union address as a springboard, President Bush launched his consumer-driven health care reform -- which means, among other measures, giving patients more information about medical expenses and financial incentives that promote exercise, diet and other smart-living measures -- to a somewhat receptive audience, says the Dallas Morning News.

Recently, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced that it will create ways for patients to judge the quality of their medical care, and the National Governors Association has held healthy living seminars in hope to spur a wave of preventive care, says the News.

Now, it's time for Congress to join the revolution, says the News:

  • The House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee should have hearings on the president's request for expanded use of health savings accounts (HSAs).
  • There was chatter about these accounts when administration officials came before the committees to talk about next year's budget.
  • However, as of yet, no hearings are scheduled.

Furthermore, HSAs are a key tool in this revolution and the sooner Washington can expand their use -- by allowing employees to take their accounts with them from job to job -- the sooner the revolution revs up, says the News.

Source: Editorial, "Join the Health Revolution," Dallas Morning News, February 27, 2006.

 

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